By Morgan Forde
The fashion industry was largely insulated from the trade war with China until May 2019, when the third tranche of tariffs included $3.7 billion in textile products, according to the report data. The administration's fourth proposed tranche (which would have affected up to $55 billion in key industry imports) was put on hold in favor of new rounds of negotiations after the G20 summit in late June.
While the administration's list three tariffs have made it more expensive for retailers to source from China, 100% of the survey respondents said they continue to import from the country. For some of them, however, the share of their Chinese sourcing has decreased, with 25% of respondents saying they now source more from Vietnam than they do from China.